Airbus Defence and Space

Airbus Defence and Space GmbH
Robert-Koch-Str. 1
82024 Taufkirchen
Tel: +49(0) 89 607 - 0
Fax: +49 (0) 89 607 - 26481

OttobrunnSituated to the south-east of Munich, the Ottobrunn site has a proud tradition of aerospace excellence that stretches back over several decades and brings to mind famous names like Bölkow, Messerschmitt and DaimlerChrysler Aerospace. Today it is home to Airbus Defence and Space GmbH, the German part of AIRBUS Group’ space division. Boasting around 900 highly skilled employees, the site is primarily responsible for manufacturing space propulsion systems and satellite subsystems for telecommunications, navigation and Earth observation. It is a leading producer of satellite attitude control systems, as well as solar arrays, which function as ultra-light “power stations” and supply modern satellites with energy. Airbus Defence and Space’s core activities in Ottobrunn additionally encompass launch vehicle propulsion systems, including the thrust chambers – the very heart of any rocket engine – for the first and second stages of Ariane 5. The company and its local subsidiaries also play a major role in the construction and operation of SATCOMBw Stage 2, the satellite communications system for the German Armed Forces. Furthermore, the European Space Agency has assigned Airbus Defence and Space overall responsibility for the European contribution to NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), which will, incidentally, carry an optical instrument manufactured in Ottobrunn – the Near-Infrared Spectrograph (NIRSpec), capable of detecting even the slightest radiation from the most distant galaxies.

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Getting there

By rail

From Munich’s Franz Josef Strauss Airport (MUC)

Make your way to the S-Bahn (suburban railway) station. If your airline ticket does not include travel on the MVV network, buy a Single Day Ticket (“Single-Tages-Karte” in German) that covers all zones (cost approximately €11). You must validate your ticket in the machine on the platform before you board a train. Take the S1 (travel time around 45 minutes) or the S8 (around 35 minutes) to the Ostbahnhof (Munich East station).

See “From the Ostbahnhof” below for further directions.


From the Hauptbahnhof (Central Station)

From Munich’s central railway station, follow the S-Bahn (suburban railway) signs to the lower level. All S-Bahn lines (S1–S8) go to the Ostbahnhof (Munich East station). Get off the train at the fifth station (Ostbahnhof) and make your way to the bus station (follow the descending platform numbers and you won’t go wrong).

Alternatively, you can continue your journey from the Ostbahnhof by rail, by taking the S7 towards Höhenkirchen-Siegertsbrunn and disembarking at the Ottobrunn stop, where you will then need to change to bus number 241. Take the 241 as far as the Lilienthalstraße stop.

See “From the Ostbahnhof” below for further directions.


By bus

From the Ostbahnhof (Munich East station)

The bus station is situated immediately in front of the main entrance to the railway station. There you will find express bus number 213, which runs a regular service to AIRBUS Group/Ottobrunn between 6 am and 9 am and again between 3 pm and 7 pm. Stay on the bus until the last stop and then walk to Building 5.1, where you will find Visitor Reception.


From the S-Bahn stop Neuperlach-Süd

Take bus number 210 to the Lilienthalstraße stop.